All Charged Out


When you think of being ”charged out,” it’s likely you associate negative thoughts with the action. For example, say you ”charged out” or ”maxed out” your credit card – you are likely in a bad situation. A Michigan Live article provides a good example of being ”charged out” in literal terms – referring to a fraudster with a plethora of charges.

A Flint, Mich., resident was recently convicted for food stamp fraud and gun charges. Investigations led authorities to a local Flint market, where our fraudster and a cohort were found to have obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars, which were illegally redeemed through food stamps. The two offered individuals $0.50 to the dollar for food stamps, manually entering Bridge Card (Michigan’s food stamp benefit card) numbers and PINs to transfer the benefits to a personal account for the market. (It’s easy to make a profit when the other party is walking away with only half the card’s value.)

Court records provided a documented time frame for the scheme, pinpointing that 95 percent of the manually entered illegal transactions took place from June 2010 to June 2011. (It must have been a busy market.)Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”Flint Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Food Stamp Fraud, Gun Charges,” written by Gary Ridley and published by Michigan Live on December 21, 2012.

FLINT, MI — A Flint man convicted in federal court of food stamp fraud and illegal gun charges was sentenced to spend five years in federal prison and repay more than $600,000, according to court records.

Flint Federal District Judge Mark A. Goldsmith entered his judgment Friday, Dec. 21, against Akhir McFarland. McFarland, 43, pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of food stamps and unlawful transport of a firearm.

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Larry Benson
Larry Benson is currently the Director of Strategic Alliances for Revenue Discovery and Recovery at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. In this role, Benson is responsible for developing partnerships for the tax and revenue and child support enforcement verticals. He focuses on embedded companies that have a need for third-party analytics to enhance their current offerings.